Beta 1.9 Available

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07 Dec, 2009 01:44 AM

Beta 1.9 is Released

Changleog

  • Newly redesigned Install/Uninstall tab provides more user friendly display of installed mods
  • New filtering of installed mods. Checkboxes allow you to toggle the display of Official EA/Bioware content and 3rd party content
  • Filter box lets you filter displayed mods with user input strings
  • Initial support for installation of mod packages directly without manual packaging. This needs lots of testing and will need further tweaking and handling of cases. Just drag and drop the ZIP or DAZIP file onto damodder and click install.
  • fixed bug with reading in mod details with a blank Version tag

Here is 1.9 gang and we're almost to Beta 2.0! I want to work through the 1.9's as we iron out the rough edges of the new install UI and installation of mods WITHOUT manually pre-packaging them. Just download the mod from wherever you download the, and drop it on DAModder. They won't all work, but it should work with most standard forms of distribution.

Known Issues

  • If you drag a Core Override mod .ZIP that is not compatible with DAModder, the application will try to determine the basics that it needs, UID & Title from the name of the zip file. It will then open a dialog asking you to verify what it picked, and edit or add new details if you desire. The button at the bottom of that dialog says "Install", but when you click it, the mod does not install. You still need to click Install back on the main screen, just like normal. This is obviously a confusing UI issue and will be ironed out.

  • If a Core Override mod is packaged in an odd way, DAModder may still try to install it and make a mess putting files in weird places. If this happens please let me know what mod caused it.

Beta 1.9 is attached to this post, but always scan the rest of the thread in case an updated release is made

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 07 Dec, 2009 01:47 AM

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    Hey gang,

    The goal of Beta 1.9 is to iron out the Install & Uninstall experience from the player's perspective. I want to focus hard on that, smooth out the rough edges and find the bugs that are lurking. As issues are found I will release updates in 1.9, and then we will move to Beta 2.0 and start focusing on the builder packaging tools.

    I really want you to look at this first tab, the Install/Uninstall tab as if the program were finished. Let me know of any issues at all.

    I will also be starting a new thread to list mods that are not installing or uninstalling properly so I can follow up on them to see what the issue is. So if you have an issue with any mod, please post it in that thread.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 07 Dec, 2009 05:34 AM

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    Beta 1.9.1 is Released

    Changelog

    • DAModder window is now resizable. Currently only the Install/Uninstall tab plays nice when resized. The others just won't change size, even if you make the overall window larger
    • DAModder window can be maximized
    • The Install/Uninstall tab is split into two panes, left and right. The split can be dragged left or right to resize the two areas as desired.

    Known Issues

    • The View README button is not operational yet
    • The Configure button is not operational yet
  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 03:57 AM

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    Beta 1.9.2 is Released

    r55

    • Installed Mod filter will now filter on Publisher in addition to Title

    r56

    • Initial support for parsing mod details using localization information. This means that is a mod has CDATA for your local language, DAModder will display that information instead of the default English.
    • DAModder now supports Markdown inspired formatting of mod descriptions. This allows mod authors to do some basic formatting of their descriptions in such a way that is still plainly readable outside of DAModder, but in DAModder the descriptions will be formatted. If you have The Stone Prisoner or Warden's Keep installed, you will see this in the description.
    • Some more UI shuffling and re-arranging. Still deciding on what works best.

    r57

    • Fixed bug that prevented Drag and Drop of mod files onto webform
    • Added ModInstallProgress form to show installation progress of mod
    • Double clicking in the filter box quick clears the filter

    r58

    • InstallMod function created to consolidate code
    • When a mod is dropped onto DAModder, it will now automatically ask if you want to install the mod. You no longer have to drop, and then press Install Mod on the main screen.
    • Files can now be dropped in the area of the webform
    • readme and changelog files will now be detected for some mods, and copied with the mod. This is initial code and will currently only work for .DAZIP files inside of .ZIP files (DAZIP and a readme zipped up)
    • If a readme was detected, then it will be displayed after mod installation is completed
    • cr\lf is now converted to a
      in DAMarkdown.Convert instead of an entire paragraph. This provides better formatting.
    • DAMarkdown is supported in readme and changelog files
  4. 4 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 04:10 AM

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    Downloaded, thank you for the constant updates!

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 06:20 AM

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    Beta 1.9.3 is Released

    r59

    • Backup sessions can now be deleted from within DAModder

    r60

    • Made Backup/Restore tab more "resize friendly"
    • Fixed typo on Backup/Restore tab
    • Added note to indicate location of backup files

    r61

    • Fixed a bug with installation of Core Override mods that had a Manifest.xml file. Resolves issue 68

    r62

    • All mod installs should now show a readme file at end of installation of one was found. This resolves issue 67

    r63

    • fixed a bug that would make it appear as if DAModder was frozen if you said NO when asked if you wanted to install the mod

    r64

    • Install Mod button now brings up a file browser to select the mod to be installed.
  6. 6 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 06:24 AM

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    downloaded 1.9.3
    will keep testing with this one now

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 06:46 AM

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    DAModder Beta 1.9.4 is Released

    r65

    • You can now drag and drop folders into DAModder for installation. If the mod you want to install is a Core Override mod in an archive format DAModder can not handle such as RAR or 7z, then you can extract the mod to a folder, then drag that folder into DAModder. Drag the folder that contains the files.

    At this point pretty much every mod should be installable by DAModder, unless its just plain weird, or a mod with multiple packages which will require the sub-packaging system to handle.

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 06:47 AM

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    Important The above will not work for .DAZIP files. What I mean by that is if someone has taken a DAZIP file and a readme for example, and put them in a RAR file, you can't extract the RAR then drag the folder with the DAZIP in. That won't work. Just drag the DAZIP itself in.

  9. 9 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 06:53 AM

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    cool, i think that should make allmost any mod now installable, downloading 1.9.4 for testing

  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 08:26 AM

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    Ok i'm turning in to a pumpkin here, so i'm going to head to bed. Its like 3:30am :)

    I've made a few more updates but they are minor and i'll hold off until tomorrow to see if any bugs crop up that I can roll into the next release.

  11. Support Staff 11 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 03:40 PM

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    Beta 1.9.5 is Released

    r67

    • Cleaned up DAMarkdown produced HTML a bit
    • Added H1 and H2 support to DAMarkdown in the "Setext" style. For an H1, put the header on one line, and on the 2nd line put multiple equal signs. For an H2 use dashes.

    r68

    • Installed mod list is now sorted alphabetically by Mod Title. More sorting options may be added in the future
  12. Support Staff 12 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 09:01 PM

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    Beta 1.9.6 is Released

    r69

    • Default DAModder window is now 800 pixels wide, to better accommodate longer mod titles. Don't forget that the window is resizeable and the two "panes" can be adjusted in size as well.

    r70

    • The user now has the option to view any associated readme file before deciding to install the mod.

    r71

    • If the user selects an installed mod with a readme file, the button to view the readme will now be enabled.

    r72

    • Changlog support added. Everywhere the user can view the readme, they can now toggle to see the readme or changlog
  13. 13 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 11:45 PM

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    Okay my tests are finished with beta 1.9.6

    I tested 50 mods for install/uninstall (not if they are working in the game) issues, including all top 25 and all files of the month from danexus.

    Allmost all could be installed (the ones that couldnt got listed in the seperate thread), alot of them needed a setup in a seperate folder for core override mods, but that is nothing that can be changed from us, its up to the modders to make their mods more user friendly with DAModder if they use the core override folder.

    I had not a single error when installing/uninstalling

  14. Support Staff 14 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 11:49 PM

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    Hmm actually mods without that subfolder should still install properly. Are you saying they don't?

  15. 15 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 11:50 PM

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    i meant those with rar & 7zips, the zip-core-override ones work fine =)
    (unless they have more than one install option)

  16. Support Staff 16 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 08 Dec, 2009 11:53 PM

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    Ahh gotcha. Thanks a million for testing all those!

  17. 17 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 11:54 PM

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    Its my pleasure =)

  18. jwvanderbeck closed this discussion on 09 Dec, 2009 06:26 PM.

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